[Theme Day Regensburg] Practicing Islam in Sarajevo

06.07.2017 (12:00 - 17:30)

On July 6, 2017 the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies and the Research Colloquium "History and Social Anthropology of East and Southeast Europe" are dealing with the topic "Practicing Islam in Sarajevo". For this purpose there will be two lectures and a screening of a documentary film.

The lectures are given by Zora Kostadinova (London), PhD candidate at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and Catharina Raudvere (Copenhagen), Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies of the University of Copenhagen. Professor Raudvere presents also the film "Bosnian Muslim Women’s Rituals - Bulas Singing, Reciting and Teaching in Sarajevo", which was created with Zilka Spahić-Šiljak​ (Sarajevo) in 2016.


12:00 - 13:30 s.t.
Zora Kostadinova (London):
After the War: Sufism in Sarajevo Today
(Vortrag im ​Forschungskolloquium „Geschichte und Sozialanthropologie Südost‐ und Osteuropas“)​

13:30 - 14:00
Lunch break

14:00 - 15:30 s.t.
Catharina Raudvere (Copenhagen):
Teaching and Preaching. Choice and Commitment in Bosnian Muslim Women’s Devotional Practices
(Vortrag im Kolloquium der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien)​

16:00 - 17:30 s.t.
​Film Screening with Q&A:
Bosnian Muslim Women’s Rituals - Bulas Singing, Reciting and Teaching in Sarajevo
(Ein Film von Catharina Raudvere und Zilka Spahić-Šiljak​, 2016)

The film “Bosnian Muslim Women's Rituals – Singing, Reciting and Teaching in Sarajevo” (2016, Directed by C. Raudvere & Z. Spahić-Šiljak) portrays Islamic rituals run by women, but it also tells the story of Islamic education for women in the 20th century, from the first madrasa for women established in 1933 to the renewed Islamic schools in late 1970. The film documents rituals of of mevlud and tevhid genre and practices surrounded them and present selection of rituals from mosques and private houses as well as interviews with elderly and younger generations of teachers and bulas (i.e. religious leaders and ritual performers). These rituals include recitations of the Qur’an, dhikr, and spiritual songs in Arabic, Turkish and Bosnian language. The core structure of these rituals comes from the Ottoman legacy in the Balkans region, but the form of today’s rituals is also a result of 20th century development.

Time: 06.07.2017, 12:00-17:30 s.t.

Location: Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies/WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg, Room 017

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